Sociology

http://www.miracosta.edu/SOC

Sociology is the study of human social behavior, groups, and how environments influence behavior. Sociologists focus on the origins, organization, institutions, and developments of society. Students take courses to prepare for a sociology major or to fulfill general education requirements. Career options include social work, human services, law enforcement, legal professions, business, and teaching.

Contact Information

Chair: Bruce Hoskins

Dean: Nikki Schaper

www.miracosta.edu/SOC

Department: Sociology

Office: Building OC3100, 760.795.6871

Full-Time Faculty

Karen Baum
Thao Ha
Bruce Hoskins

Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs)

The degree program includes the completion of a general education (GE) pattern of courses. The knowledge, skills, and abilities gained as a result of completing general education, referred to as GE outcomes, can be viewed here.

Associate in Arts in Sociology for Transfer Degree

PSLO: Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to explain how an individual's life chances are impacted by at least two social forces.

Associate Degree

Associate in Arts Degree

Associate in Arts in Sociology for Transfer Degree

Students completing this associate degree will have completed lower-division major preparation requirements for a sociology degree, an emphasis or option within a sociology degree, or a degree considered similar to sociology at a participating California State University (CSU) campus. Following transfer to a participating CSU campus, students will be required to complete no more than 60 units to obtain a bachelor’s degree; however, some CSU campuses may require additional lower-division major preparation. This degree may not be appropriate preparation for students transferring to a CSU campus not accepting this degree or to a university or college that is not part of the CSU system. Students should consult with a MiraCosta counselor for further information regarding the most efficient pathway to transfer as a sociology major and to determine which CSU campuses are participating in this program.

To complete the degree, students must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete 60 semester (90 quarter) CSU transferable units
  • Complete all courses required in the major with a “C” or better
  • Complete the CSU-GE or CSU-IGETC general education pattern
  • Achieve a minimum CSU transferable GPA of 2.0
  • Complete a minimum of 12 units in residence at MiraCosta College. 
     
Required Core: Complete 10 units
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology *3
or SOC 101H Introduction to Sociology (Honors)
SOC 102Contemporary Social Problems *3
SOC/PSYC 104Statistics for Behavioral Science *4
or PSYC/SOC 104H Statistics for Behavioral Science (Honors)
List A: 6 units. Select two courses. (It is recommended that you select courses that meet lower-division major preparation requirements at your intended transfer university.)6
Social Psychology *
Introduction to Women's Studies *
Psychology/Sociology of the Family *
Research Methods in Behavioral Sciences
Race and Ethnic Relations *
List B: 3 units. Select one course. (It is recommended that you select courses that meeting lower-division major preparation requirements at your intended transfer university.)3
Any course from List A not already used.
United States History to 1877 *
United States History to 1877 (Honors) *
History of the Americas to 1830 *
Mexican American History Through 1877 *
African American History to 1877 *
Total Units19

To insure this degree is completed with no more than 60 units, students should select courses that will also satisfy a general education requirement on the CSU-GE or CSU-IGETC general education pattern. These courses are noted with an asterisk above. Students are also strongly advised to complete the History, Constitution, and American Ideals requirement prior to transfer.

Certificates

Certificate of Proficiency

Research Fundamentals

The certificate in Research Fundamentals emphasizes the skills needed to interpret research data and conduct basic research in accordance with the procedures and methods of behavioral science. The certificate is designed for individuals interested in learning research skills and for those who need assistance in improving these skills for their work.

Required courses: 
PSYC/SOC 104Statistics for Behavioral Science4
or PSYC/SOC 104H Statistics for Behavioral Science (Honors)
LIBR 101College Research Skills1
Select at least three elective units from the following:3
General Psychology
General Psychology (Honors)
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Sociology (Honors)
Introduction to the Administration of Justice
Introduction to the Administration of Justice (Honors)
Select one course from the following electives:3
Research Methods in Behavioral Sciences
Research in the Digital Age
Total Units11

  

Certificate of Proficiency

Volunteer Services

This certificate offers students core courses in behavioral science combined with at least one behavioral science course that offers service learning. The academic courses provide a fundamental understanding of human behavior. A course that includes service learning requires volunteering in the community combined with written reflection on the volunteer experience. This certificate emphasizes working directly with people in need within the service-learning tradition, and it integrates academics with practice. This certificate can enrich the service of experienced volunteers, guide those interested in volunteering for the first time and transfer students interested in teaching and social service agency work, and provide early experience in public service. Students need to contact the Service Learning Office for information about instructors in behavioral science who offer service learning. In addition, students must provide verification of their volunteer participation through the Service Learning Office to earn the certificate.

Required courses: 
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3
or SOC 101H Introduction to Sociology (Honors)
SOC 102Contemporary Social Problems3
Select at least 5 elective units from the following:5
Child, Family, and Community
Social Psychology
Psychology/Sociology of the Family
Total Units11

Courses

SOC 101: Introduction to Sociology

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with credit in SOC 101H.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours. (2208.00)

This course offers a thorough study of human society and social phenomena. It is guided by sociology's basic principle that people's lives are affected not only by individual characteristics but also by their place in the social world. The course emphasizes the connections among human relationships, social institutions, and social organizations, which allow students to evaluate themselves, and the world around them, more analytically and critically. C-ID SOCI-110.

SOC 101H: Introduction to Sociology (Honors)

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with credit in SOC 101.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC Credit limitation
Lecture 3 hours. (2208.00)

This course offers a thorough study of human society and social phenomena. It is guided by sociology's basic principle that people's lives are affected not only by individual characteristics, but also by their place in the social world. The course emphasizes the connections among human relationships, social institutions, and social organizations, which allow students to evaluate themselves, and the world around them, more analytically and critically. As an honors course, it provides an enhanced experience for motivated students through exigent course work and readings, a seminar format, enriched and in-depth analysis of social issues, and application of higher-level critical thinking skills. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Credit for SOC 101 or SOC 101H. C-ID SOCI-110.

SOC 102: Contemporary Social Problems

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours. (2208.00)

This course analyzes social problems in a diverse society. It emphasizes economic, racial, and gender inequality, crime, poverty, the family, education, health care, and others. Students evaluate the causes, consequences, and solutions to the problems of our society. C-ID SOC-115.

SOC 103: Social Psychology

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with credit in PSYC 103.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours. (2208.00)

Social psychology examines the influence that society, contexts, groups, and others have on individuals. This course emphasizes the sociological and psychological factors in socialization, self-concept, interpersonal relationships, and group dynamics. The course pays special attention to social cognition, attitudes, social influence, language, and cross-cultural differences in social psychology. C-ID PSY-170.

SOC 104: Statistics for Behavioral Science

Units: 4
Prerequisites: MATH 64 or eligibility determined by the math placement process.
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with credit in BTEC 180, BIO 180, PSYC 104, PSYC 104H, or SOC 104H.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC Credit limitation
Lecture 4 hours. (2208.00)

This course introduces statistical methods for analyzing data in the behavioral sciences. Topics include basic research design; descriptive statistics, probability and sampling distributions; statistical inference and power; linear correlation and regression; t-test and one-way analysis of variance; chi-square. Students use appropriate technology (e.g., calculators and SPSS) to analyze real-world data and report results using American Psychological Association style. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Credit for BIO 180, BTEC 180, MATH 103, PSYC 104, PSYC 104H, or SOC 104H. C-ID SOCI-125.

SOC 104H: Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (Honors)

Units: 4
Prerequisites: MATH 64 or eligibility determined by the math placement process.
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with credit in BTEC 180, BIO 180, PSYC 104, PSYC 104H, SOC 104.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC Credit limitation
Lecture 4 hours. (2208.00)

This course introduces statistical methods for analyzing data in the behavioral sciences. As an honors course, it offers an enriched experience for highly motivated students through a pro-seminar format and more in-depth coverage of course topics. Topics include research design; descriptive statistics, probability, and sampling distributions; statistical inference and advanced power analysis; linear correlation and regression; t-test and one-way analysis of variance; chi-square. Students use appropriate technology (e.g., calculators and SPSS) to analyze real-world data and report results using American Psychological Association style. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Credit for BIO 180, BTEC 180, MATH 103, SOC 104, PSYC 104, or PSYC 104H. C-ID SOCI-125.

SOC 105: Introduction to Justice Studies

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with credit in ADM 105.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC Credit limitation
Lecture 3 hours. (2208.00)

This course introduces the interdisciplinary field of justice studies. It explores social, economic, and criminal justice issues by means of sociological, philosophical, and legal perspectives and methodologies. Students critically assess the obstacles and opportunities central to the pursuit of justice in the United States and abroad. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Credit for ADM 100/ADM 100H or SOC 105.

SOC 110: Comparative Cultures

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours. (2208.00)

This course compares and contrasts a variety of cultures from around the world, past and present. It focuses on social structure, social institutions, values, beliefs, norms, and customs from multiple perspectives. The course also uses multiple theoretical perspectives to examine the similarities and differences among cultures, relevant subcultures, and/or regional communities in relationship to education, family, economics, religion, and politics, the status of women and men, ideologies, history, and current events.

SOC 120: Introduction to Women's Studies

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours. (2208.00)

This course introduces students to women's studies through sociological theories, concepts, and sociological research. The course examines the status and roles of women in social institutions, social organizations, and social classes. It compares and contrasts similarities and differences in women's experiences based on race and ethnic groups, different cultures, and subcultures. It is guided by sociology's emphases on cultural relativism, diversity, and the effects of inequality. Topics include institutional discrimination, gender socialization, sexuality, varied cultural influences, feminism, and regional, national, and global perspectives on women's rights.

SOC 145: Psychology/Sociology of the Family

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with credit in PSYC 145.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours. (2208.00)

This course examines the family as a social institution and applies sociological and psychological theories and concepts to couples, intimate relationships, marriage, and families. These theories and concepts provide frameworks for examining love, sexuality, and commitment and for identifying problems and adjustments for couples and family relationships. The course also studies changing models of the family, historical perspectives, cross-cultural comparisons, and the influences of changes in contemporary society affecting family life. Topics include partner selection, becoming parents, communication, family and work, family crises, divorce, aging, and issues linked to social class and living in a diverse society. C-ID SOCI-130.

SOC 205: Research Methods in Behavioral Sciences

Units: 3
Prerequisites: PSYC 101 or SOC 101; and PSYC 104 or SOC 104; and ENGL 100.
Corequisite: PSYC 104/104H or SOC 104/104H (for students with MATH 103 credit).
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with credit in PSYC 205.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours. (2208.00)

This course introduces research methodologies used in the behavioral sciences. It emphasizes an appreciation of the scientific method, the development of research skills, knowledge of research ethics, and the evaluation of scientific research. Students conduct library research, design and implement research projects using appropriate methodologies and controls, analyze and interpret data using a statistical computer program, and write research reports using APA format. Students with MATH 103 may take PSYC 104 or SOC 104 concurrently with Research Methods.

SOC 207: Race and Ethnic Relations

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours. (2208.00)

This course provides a systematic examination of how race and ethnic relations are affected by the concepts of power, prejudice, ethnocentrism, and racism. It connects historical oppression to current racial and ethnic dynamics in the United States. The course also studies factors involved in establishing, sustaining, and changing systems of racial and ethnic inequality and how they are connected to class and gender. C-ID SOCI-150.

SOC 230: Introduction to Chicana/o Studies

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours. (2208.00)

This course focuses on the development of contemporary Chicano culture including various pre-Columbian and Hispanic cultures in Mexico and the Southwest. The cross-disciplinary approach examines applicable methods and theories from sciences and humanities to analyze the lived lives of Chicanas and Chicanos. This course is intended for students who wish to gain general knowledge of the Chicana/o experience.

SOC 240: Introduction to Black Studies

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours. (2208.00)

This course surveys the Black Studies discipline including its social and academic origins, goals, and development. It provides students with an understanding of the fundamental areas of study within the field and of the interdisciplinary approach to studying the African experience in America and the world. This course is intended for students who wish to gain general knowledge of the Black experience.

SOC 292: Internship Studies

Units: 0.5-3
Prerequisites: None
Corequisite: Complete 75 hrs paid or 60 hrs non-paid work per unit.
Enrollment Limitation: Instructor, dept chair, and Career Center approval. May not enroll in any combination of cooperative work experience and/or internship studies concurrently.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU

This course provides students the opportunity to apply the theories and techniques of their discipline in an internship position in a professional setting under the instruction of a faculty-mentor and site supervisor. It introduces students to aspects of the roles and responsibilities of professionals employed in the field of study. Topics include goal-setting, employability skills development, and examination of the world of work as it relates to the student's career plans. Students must develop new learning objectives and/or intern at a new site upon each repetition. Students may not earn more than 16 units in any combination of cooperative work experience (general or occupational) and/or internship studies during community college attendance.

SOC 298: Directed Study in Sociology

Units: 1-3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Instructor and department chair approval and successful completion of 12 units of college work with at least a 3.0 grade-point average.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Laboratory 3 hours
Laboratory 6 hours
Laboratory 9 hours. (2208.00)

This course allows students to pursue a special area of interest in order to achieve specific goals beyond the scope of existing courses within the discipline. Students work independently and interact directly with an instructor on an individual basis and as prescribed by the Directed Study Agreement.

SOC 299: Occupational Cooperative Work Experience

Units: 1-4
Prerequisites: None
Corequisite: Complete 75 hrs paid or 60 hrs non-paid work per unit.
Enrollment Limitation: Career Center approval. May not enroll in any combination of cooperative work experience and/or internship studies concurrently.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU

Cooperative Work Experience is intended for students who are employed in a job directly related to their major. It allows such students the opportunity to apply the theories and skills of their discipline to their position and to undertake new responsibilities and learn new skills at work. Topics include goal-setting, employability skills development, and examination of the world of work as it relates to the student's career plans. Students may not earn more than 16 units in any combination of cooperative work experience (general or occupational) and/or internship studies during community college attendance.